Location: Portland, Maine
Parking: Complimentary Valet Parking
Family Friendly: Yes - but recommend this for date night. No dedicated kid's menu.
Dog Friendly: No
If you are coming to Portland, chances are you are wondering where to get the best seafood. And honestly, that question is just so hard since you really can't go wrong with most places in Maine. Every restaurant, pub, hole-in-the-wall has their own spin on Maine seafood classics - each delicious and unique in their own right.
But there is just something about Scales. It sits on the Maine Wharf of Portland's historic waterfront and even though I have been there more times than I can even count at this point, it still takes my breath away when I walk inside. It's spacious, the lighting is completely stunning and you just know you are going to have one of the best meals of your life. Consistently, no matter what I get - I announce that it's "the best (fill in the blank)" that I've ever had.
While I would recommend getting one of their from the sea dishes (their halibut is my favorite), I recently had steak on my last visit and that too was one of the best meals I've had in the city. If it's ramp season, GET THE RAMP ROLLS. Just trust me on this one. And the tuna crudo is smooth, silky and not to be missed.
And if you are unable to get a reservation (which, is likely, depending on the time of year) - I recommend grabbing a spot at the bar if you can snag seats. You'll be sitting next to the raw bar, and will watch the incredible waitstaff shuck away. I've enjoyed countless awesome conversations with whoever is behind the bar on any given night.
This is fine dining in Portland that is completely worthy of the price tag.